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Houston County Commission Meeting

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 09 2017 10:50 AM

HOUSTON COUNTY:    The Houston County Commission met at their regular meeting this morning. All county commissioners were present.

The Commission Chairman asked tro add one item to the agenda, which was a review for proposals for grants for Fokelore Engineering. The item was approved to add to the agenda.

No announcements from the commission. 

Houston County Chief Executive Officer Bill Dempsey made a financial presentation to the Commission. A video will be posted.

Approval of purchase of radio consoles paid for by Dothan - Houston County 911 and a pass through to the county commission.

The Houston County Commission did a "annual" contract for flooring and painting rather than bidding the projects out.

The Houston County Commission approved selling a wrecked Houston County Sheriff Department vehicle to ALFA Insurance. This was a wrecked vehicle and a settlement of $ 5,550.14. The other vehicle as at fault.

The Houston County Commission approved to award bids for sign making materials, sign faces, herbicides, MC70 prime, and hot plant mix 424 to the low bidders meeting specs.

The Houston County Commission approved to waive charges for limb pick up from storm damage. Houston County Engineer Barkley Kirkland has the area mapped out where the storm damage was located. The commissioner and engineer said get it cut into six foot sections. Kirkland said they would not start picking it up until after two weeks. But the public has two weeks to get the limbs out.

Kirkland said if all is not picked up all at one time. Other equipment will come get other material. Debris and trash there will be a charge for, such as lumber, tin, etc. The commission will not pick up anything but limbs and not debris such as wood and tin. All commissioners approved this without any objection.

This is a Forklore Brewery grant where the sewer will connect to the City of Dothan. There were three engineering proposals presented and each were scored. CD & G Engineers won the contract.

Eventually the Houston County Commission will vote to approve the bids once the project is designed.

Houston County Engineer Barley Kirkland said St. Mary, Huskey, Deese and Blackman are closed. Two roads will be open before long. Kirkland wanted to discuss the A Trip money. Houston County has two cross drains to replace.

Kirkland said the wind was rain in this event but this event was not as bad as the one a couple of years ago.

Kirkland said this is a program the state is proposal. This is A Trip 3 program and can be used on off system roads. If this issue does not pass there will be no money to pay to pave the roads. These roads will be locally bid and will be a quick fix for Houston County. 

What Kirkland is selling to the Houston County Commission is the $ 1.2 BILLION dollar tax increase. 

Kirkland said this $ 1.2 BILLION Dollar increase, Houston County will get $ 22 million of the $ 1.2 BILLION dollar increase of taxes.

Kirkland said "we can not pave all of our roads" and Culver quicker corrected Kirkland to say "resurface".

Commissioner Shoupe asked if we resurface all now would we have to replace again in 20 years? Kirkland said they were paved and all wearing out now.

Culver said the Road and Bridge grade our roads and a 12 grade road is just about falling apart. Kirkland said the roads with a 12 grade needs attention now.

Culver said some counties are digging up the asphalt on 12 grade roads and making them dirt roads.

Commissioner Sinquefield said some of these roads will not last 15 years on resurfacing. In 12 years a road drops 40% of it's capacity.

Commissioner Harvey said every 12 to 16 years roads need resurfacing regardless.

Kirkland said grade 12,13,14 road this money would allow to resurface.

Kirkland said the figures that he has heard, the $ 1.2 BILLION dollar increase will cost each citizen $ 1.50 a month.

This leglsialtion will sunset, end, in 14 years. However so far no bill that was set to sunset, end, has ever happened.

Culver expressed support for the $ 1.2 BILLION dollar tax increase. Culver said there will be a public meeting or FACEBOOK live meeting in the next several weeks.

Culver said we have had the best roads and our citizens expect that. Culver said more information will be provided in the future. Culver said they do not like additional burden on people more than anyone else.

Commissioner Sinquefield said if this is approved and goes through, is the cost estimated include cross drains. Kirkland said no and does not include any shoulder work.

Kirkland said concrete pipes rather than metal pipes are being laid for cross drains. Culver also said if this approved work will begin this summer. If this passes it will create jobs if it passes.

The county attorney had no report

The Houston County Commission Meeting begins at 10 AM. The meeting ended at 10:50 AM.

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